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Watch Kathy Griffin address the Trump family's 'bullying' in a press conference

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WATCH  | Kathy Griffin address the Trump family's 'bullying' in a press conference

Updated 2:00 p.m. ET:

A tearful Kathy Griffin declared her career is over and that she still plans to poke fun at Donald Trump. The comedian stood by her apology and repeated it several times, but said "I'm not laying down for this guy."  

Griffin told reporters at the press conference that she was bullied by the Trump family. "There's a bunch of old white guys trying to silence me, but that's wrong."

Original story:

Kathy Griffin and her lawyer have scheduled a news conference for Friday morning to address the controversy surrounding a photo of the comedian holding a faux bloody head of Donald Trump. 

Attorney Lisa Bloom said she and Griffin would "explain the true motivation behind the image" and "respond to the bullying from the Trump family she has endured." 

I went way too far.
Kathy Griffin

The photo was met with widespread condemnation shortly after it was posted. 

The comedian issued an apology Tuesday night saying, "I'm a comic. I cross the line. I move the line, and then I cross it. I went way too far.”

But that wasn't enough for CNN, which cut ties with Griffin despite her decade-long gig hosting a New Year's Eve special with Anderson Cooper. 

The incident also led Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to cancel an event he had scheduled with Griffin to promote his new book. 

"I believe what Kathy Griffin did was inappropriate and not something that should be anywhere in our national discourse," Franken said in a statement. "I consider her a friend and I'm glad she realized she crossed the line and apologized."

President Donald Trump called the photo "sick" and said Griffin should be ashamed of her actions.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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